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principals intentionally create a school
culture that allows teachers and students
to concentrate on learning and doing
their best work.
A principal of a school serving mostly
disadvantaged students has one of the
most difficult jobs in education. But,
too often, the only preparation aspiring
principals get is university classes that
cover mainly the administrative and legal
aspects of the job, not the critical work
they do to improve academic achievement and create an instructionally
supportive culture.
Typically, assistant principals are
put in charge of discipline rather than
working with teachers on their practice.
That's not the case in Prince George's
County schools. There, assistant
principals participate in an academy
that helps them learn to be instructional

leaders, coach teachers, and make
good use of data. Once they are on the
job, specially trained supervisors coach
and mentor them, helping them set and
reach academic goals and establish a
positive culture.
"We want all our principals to have a
love of learning, and we want them to
develop a school culture that is inclusive and-for students, their families,
and staff-feels like they are all part of
a family," says Monique Davis, deputy
superintendent of Prince George's
County schools.

Always in Motion
For Daniel, whose school is too small to
justify having an assistant principal, that
means being constantly on the move.
Wearing comfortable flats, she is posted
at the school's entrance, bantering with

Communication Tip
Principal Ryan Daniel records
weekly updates on YouTube
and sends teachers the link. It's
faster than writing and adds a
personal touch.

students and teachers as they arrive.
Smiling students form brief scrums
around her for hugs. She asks an arriving
teacher who had been out sick the day
before how she is feeling.
Daniel's day consists of a flurry of
meetings and classroom observations.
She doesn't stop for lunch; instead, she
stocks her purse with pretzels, chocolate, an energy bar, and a bagel and
cream cheese, and she nibbles on them
throughout the day.

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